Our Professionals

Georgia DeGangi Georgia DeGangi, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA is a practicing psychologist but also has experience as an occupational therapist. She has over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families. She has extensive experience with diagnosis and treatment of a range of developmental, behavioral, social and emotional problems. Dr. DeGangi has conducted research to examine effective ways of treating individuals with regulatory problems and is especially interested in how problems of self-regulation early in life impact interpersonal effectiveness, coping, mood regulation, personality and learning as individuals grow older. Among her recent publications are her books entitled Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child (co-author: Anne Kendall), Kid's Club Letters: Narrative tools for stimulating process and dialogue in therapy groups for children and adolescents (co-author: Marc Nemiroff), and Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior: A therapist's guide to assessment and treatment. Dr. DeGangi is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the assessment and treatment of children with problems of self-regulation, sensory processing, attention, and interactional problems. Among the tests that she has developed are the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale (co-authored by Greenspan & Wieder); The Test of Sensory Functions in Infants, the Infant-Toddler Symptom Checklist, and the DeGangi-Berk Test of Sensory-Integration. She is also on the faculty of the Infant/Child Mental Health Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. - gdegangi@gmail.com



Cheryl C. Holland Cheryl C. Holland, Ph.D is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Holland earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park, including internship training at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She previously held staff appointments at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children in Rockville, MD. Dr. Holland has extensive experience providing psychological evaluations, treatment, and consultation addressing a broad array of emotional, social, developmental, and behavioral concerns. Particular specialty areas include early intervention with young children, including those with challenging temperament and behavior as well as difficulties with anxiety, mood, attention, self-control, and social skills. Dr. Holland has significant experience working with children who have sensory processing or language challenges that impact their emotional and behavioral development. She emphasizes interventions that build on an individual's strengths and that support positive coping skills. Her comprehensive services also integrate parent and school consultation to support effective behavioral strategies. Dr. Holland conducts training seminars in the community with parents and professionals on topics of development and healthy family relationships. She is also a consultant providing early childhood mental health supervision and training for staff at the Reginald S. Lourie Center. - chollandphd@aol.com



Dan Griffin Dr. Daniel Griffin, a licensed psychologist, has over 25 years of experience helping people improve their lives.


Dan is a widely respected and skilled therapist and a senior teacher and trainer of clinicians in a number of mental health settings. He has extensive post-doctoral training in adult and family-based therapies and currently teaches family and child interventions to psychiatrists at Children's National Medical Center. He formerly taught professionals at New York University Hospital, George Washington University, Washington School of Psychiatry, and the Minuchin Center for the Family. Dr. Griffin is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Maryland State Psychological Association. He is committed to the incorporation of scientific and empirically based knowledge in his work.


For family issues, Dan implements a family and child friendly approach to those struggling with behavioral, emotional and learning issues, but he brings that warmth and understanding to couples and adults as well. - dangriffinphd@gmail.com


Suzanne Keith Blattner Suzanne Keith Blattner, M.S.Ed. is a special education consultant who has worked in various capacities in special education for 28 years. Her experiences include a variety of teaching, diagnostics and administrative responsibilities in public schools and major medical facilities. For the past 15 years, Ms. Blattner has served as a consultant for families who are seeking expert counsel regarding the process of evaluating their child's needs and securing school and services options that best meet those needs. Ms. Blattner's educational background brings in-depth training not only in special education, but also in child development and neurodevelopment. In addition, her teaching experiences with young children have provided her with hands on knowledge of best practices in early childhood education. As an advocate, Ms. Blattner provides guidance during Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and expert testimony in legal proceedings as necessary. Ms. Blattner is committed to providing tailored guidance to each client based on his or her individual needs. In addition to consultation services, tutoring and academic therapy is provided to students who require specialized learning supports. All of the tutors who work with Ms. Blattner are highly skilled and experienced with educational backgrounds in Special Education along with a wide range of teaching experiences. - skb.edu@mac.com